Using the Library

Library Cards:

We offer FREE library cards for anyone. To receive your free library card, stop in! 2112-6133 University BLVD, we are a public library and all are welcome. You’ll be asked to provide your preferred name and a method of contact.

We don’t require you to show ID to get a library card.

Taking Out and Returning Materials:

Books and DVDs may be taken out for an initial 3 weeks and renewed a maximum of 3 times. Reference materials and oversize art books are not allowed to be checked out. The maximum number of items you can have checked out at once is 10 items; 4 of those items can be DVDs. You can return items to the library at any time; even if we are not open, there is a dropbox where you can place items!

Overdue Materials:

We do not charge fees for overdue materials but we do take steps to ensure that items are returned. Overdue notices will be sent to you via email and/or phone (you may choose which of the two options you prefer when you sign up for a library card). Items that are over 3 weeks overdue are considered lost.

If the items are lost or damaged, please consider donating a replacement in decent shape ♥️ we are a nonprofit on a mission to amplify community and traditionally marginalized voices.

Our Space

Our address is Room 2112, 6133 University BLVD, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory. We are located on the second floor on the Nest (the student union building) on the UBC West Point Grey campus on Musqueam territory. Our library is nestled into the Resource Groups area. To find us, take the stairs or elevator up to the second floor from the main level of the Nest. From there, head straight down the hallway directly in front of you. Watch for signs for “Resource Groups.” Near the end of the hall, a doorway for the main Resource Groups door (room 2102) will be on your right. Go through the door and then head straight down the hall to room 2112. That’s us!

Accessibility information: (Partial template used with thanks from RAMP)

  • The size of our space in total is approximately 12.5 x 25 feet. The doorway is 89cm wide, as is a space immediately after the doorway between a desk and a bookcase. The room is filled with stacks on the edges, with various distances between them, ranging from 116cm to 77cm. The width of the centre of the room between the stacks on the edges is 128cm and 190cm at different points.  Whenever the library is open it is staffed with a volunteer whose job is to assist patrons. If for any reason you cannot reach a book or DVD that you want, the volunteer is there to get it for you, no questions asked.
  • The Nest has single stall, gender neutral bathrooms available on each floor, including the second floor where we are located. Unfortunately these are not fully accessible as they don’t have push buttons. We are talking to folks to try to get this fixed! There are accessible stalls in the gender marked shared space bathrooms.
  • The Nest building is accessible for folks with mobility aids, with wheelchair accessible paths marked, no steps to enter the building from the east side, a ramp on the west side of the building, automatic doors on every side, and elevators.
  • Room signs and elevator buttons in the Nest are provided in braille; there are also audible signals in the elevator.
  • There is ample space just outside the library to park mobility scooters and walkers if you wish!
  • UBC is very accessible both by public transit and bike, and the Nest is close to the bus loop. Route numbers that go to UBC are: 4, 42, 44, 10, 17, 480, 258, 9, 25, 33, 41, 43, 49, 99, and 84. There are multiple options for bike lockups at various doorways into the Nest.
  • Unfortunately the Nest building as a whole does not have a scent policy, so we cannot guarantee the building is scent free or scent reduced. We do encourage you to come to the library scent reduced or scent free if you are able. For more info on going scent free and reducing scents, check this out.
  • Out On The Shelves is open and welcoming to children! We have a small picture book selection as well as some middle grade and YA books that we are working to expand.